Sunday, December 13, 2009

Ham and Beans

I haven't been cooking. Actually, I haven't been doing much of anything thanks to a major invasion on my sinus cavity. Jeff has been working nights and he isn't home for supper, so my kids have pretty much been fending for themselves. But I did manage to put together soup for the other night.

I never used to like ham and beans. And to be honest, I have never had much in the way of really good version of the soup. But, my mother sent me home from her house with an enormous ham bone. So what else was I going to make??

This recipe called for carrots. I've never seen them added to ham and beans soup, but I had them and my kids love them, so in to the slow cooker they went. About a cup that have been sliced.
Add in a half a chopped up onion.
  Add in a bag of dry northern beans. This was actually the for this particular recipe. You don't have to soak the beans overnight. Just pour straight out of the package.
Place your ham bone on top of the beans.
Add two cups of water, some salt and pepper, cover and cook on low for about 7 hours.
Remove the ham bone and put it on a plate to cool a little bit.
When you can handle it without injury, remove the meat from the bone and put it back into the cooker.
Heat it all through and serve.
This was really good. Even the kids enjoyed it. I'm thinking that cooking it in the crock pot allowed the ham to flavor everything else. And the carrots were a really neat addition that I will put back in from now on. Try this, even if you think you don't care for ham and beans, this just might be the version to change your mind.

Click here for Printable Recipe

Slow Cooked Ham and Beans
1/2 C Sliced Carrots
1/2 Chopped Onion
1 Bag Dry Great Northern Beans
1 Hame Bone
2 C Water
Add all ingredients to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Remove ham bone and peal the meat off. Add meat back into soup. Serve.

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